The Art and Science of Polished Concrete (Print Course)

Part of the appeal of polished concrete is the honest expression of the material. The base color of the cement paste (and aggregates if exposed) combined with the natural mottling, creates a unique visual element for each project. Designers can choose appearance and gloss levels, ranging from a soft satin to a highly polished reflection. Today, a broad palette of color created through the use of integral color and modern stains and dyes is available, and the designs can incorporate stenciling, etching, and custom graphics. This course focuses on normal-weight concrete slabs-on-grade.

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Fundamentals of Concrete (Part 2) - Mix Design and Field Practices (Print Course)

This article examines many of the fundamental issues required for the specification and installation of site-cast concrete as it comprises approximately 70% of all U.S. concrete production and is directly influenced by specifier and inspection professionals. This is a companion piece to the Hanley Wood CEU article “Fundamentals of Concrete - Part 1” (Architect Magazine, June 2017), which covers concrete’s ingredients and their influences on quality concrete.

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Fundamentals of Concrete (Part 1) – Materials in Mix Design (Print Course)

Concrete is an essential building material used throughout the world, providing proven performance for strong, durable and economical construction. A primary reason for this extensive use is the flexibility offered, but with this comes the responsibility to understand the strengths, limitations and optimization strategies to achieve desired performance. This course examines many of the fundamental issues that building and site designers must consider before designing and specifying quality ready-mixed concrete.

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